Just for fun, lets take some time to talk about haunted houses. Some of the myths and cultural thoughts behind them. An exploration of these topics will shed greater light on our love affair with being scared.
Haunted houses are generally understood to be abodes of disembodied spirits of the dead who were previous residents or were frequent to those properties. Parapsychologists point out that haunted homes are as a result of the dead who probably died in a violent or tragic manner probably due to accidents, suicides or murders.
It is believed that haunted houses have been in existence from the days of the ancient Greeks and accounts of homes with ghosts are available all over today. In the United States alone, many plush residences have remained uninhibited due to the state of the economy with some being abandoned because they allegedly have a history of a haunted past. Some of these homes have remained so for years.
The White House, the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, The Schooner Hotel in the UK, LaLaurie House in New Orleans in the United States, Bhangarh Fort in India and the Whaley House are believed to be seven of the world’s scariest real haunted houses. While haunted houses have always drawn the attention of people that desire to have more understanding or knowledge about them, thrill seekers are attracted to them too. Scientist in an attempt to give a reason for events that can only be described to be out of this world are also been drawn to haunted houses.
There are people of course who seek for haunted houses and the market for haunted house buyers is growing. There are certain indicators that a house might be haunted according to the according to the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP). These might include seeing phantoms, hearing odd and bizarre sounds, smelling unusual and abnormal odors, feeling sensations of cold spots inside a room, noticing things that appear to have been moved or noticing your pet acting disturbed or flustered.
The haunted house association known as the Haunted Attraction Association is an organization that provides assistance and promotion to the flourishing haunt industry by way of communication, education and information. The association has a global network that corresponds to share ideas, information and encounters through various platforms. Haunting today is a multi-million dollar industry that caters to its own events, specialists, shows and exhibitions, consultants and many other platforms. Membership is open to anyone that is connected to the haunted house industry.